Anderson said the NFL has not sought opinion from the networks on the potential of a format switch, though he said of squeezed programming, ‘‘I am sure those are legitimate concerns.’’
Anderson said player health and safety is the driver of such discussions.
NBC’s ‘‘Sunday Night Football’’ producer Fred Gaudelli said he didn’t see the need for a change because of the rarity of ties and echoed Anderson’s concern of greater injury risk with longer games.
But, Gaudelli said, ‘‘from a TV perspective, I don’t know what the downside would be.’’
AP Pro Football Writers Arnie Stapleton in Englewood, Colo.; and Barry Wilner in New York; and AP Sports Writers Tim Booth in Renton, Wash.; Rachel Cohen in New York; R.B. Fallstrom in St. Louis; Joe Kay in Cincinnati; and Janie McCauley in Santa Clara, Calif., contributed to this report.
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